Even though the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline brings with it more action and high-profile deals, the month of August can bring about smaller moves that make a huge difference for a team chasing a playoff berth.
Of course, the waiver wire process is so unusual that only one team might be able to negotiate with another club in order to obtain a player's services. But some notable players, at least based on their name, find themselves on the chopping block late in the season due to poor performances.
Here is a look at some of the biggest names still being bantered about one week after the July 31 trade deadline.
Giants Reportedly Made Hard Push For Soriano
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An interesting development in the Alfonso Soriano saga comes from Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, who reported that the Giants wanted the outfielder before landing Hunter Pence. But Soriano "told the Cubs the Dodgers were the only West Coast team he would waive his 10/5 rights to join. "
Soriano could still be dealt in August, though the financial aspect of the deal is going to make it difficult for the Cubs. If they can find a way to get a team to take Soriano and the Cubs only have to pay 50-60 percent of his salary, I think they would love that.
Unfortunately I can't see anyone giving the Cubs a deal like that. Of course, if you find a team desperate enough, anything can happen.
Derek Lowe Not Right For The Cubs
Despite some reported interest in the recently-released Derek Lowe, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Cubs are not going after him:
The Cubs are not interested in Derek Lowe according to a Major League source.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 4, 2012
Lowe would fare better in the National League than he did in the American League, but he can't miss bats and was walking more hitters per nine innings (3.40) than he struck out (3.10).
The Cubs are better off plugging holes with what they have than going after someone like Lowe, who isn't going to bring much, if anything, to the table.
Roy Oswalt Not Happy With Texas Role
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News wrote that Oswalt has expressed unhappiness with being demoted to the bullpen, and the Rangers could decide to make changes:
The club said he handled the news of his demotion to the bullpen like a professional, but, later acknowledged his displeasure with the role. The Rangers, through conversations with Oswalt and his agent, Bob Garber, are aware of the pitcher’s unhappiness with the role.
Oswalt could already have been placed on or cleared waivers, which would give the Rangers an idea of interest in him around the league. They could try to trade him or potentially release him if it becomes clear he does not want to fulfill his role.
Oswalt has no reason to be unhappy here. He has an ERA of 5.82 and is giving up 1.63 home runs per nine innings pitched. His strikeout (8.15) and walk rates (1.40) are outstanding, but he can't keep the ball in the park.
Not to mention the fact that Oswalt gets hurt almost as often as he pitches, so the Rangers should explore all their options with him right now.